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White-tailed black cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus funereus baudinii

White tailed black cockatoo

White-tailed black cockatoos originate from south western Australia. They are very loyal to one another and are known to stay with one mating partner throughout their lifetime. Populations are declining due to the loss of suitable nesting sites.

The white-tailed black cockatoos at Belfast were part of a customs seizure many years ago. They are often difficult to breed in captivity and few are kept in European zoos. However, we have previously been successful at breeding this bird at Belfast Zoo.

Habitat
Rainforest

Diet - Herbivore
White-tailed black cockatoos eat seeds and other vegetation.

Size
The white-tailed black cockatoo is around 60 centimetres long and weighs between 540 and 790 grams.

Location
White-tailed black cockatoos are found in Australia.

Conservation status
The IUCN Red List has classified the white-tailed black cockatoo as being in severe danger of extinction.

Threats
The main threat that they face is the destruction of their habitat resulting in unsuitable areas for them to nest.

Current population
There are approximately 12,000 left in the wild.

Zoo population
There are only 28 of the sub-species that we care for, in zoos around the world.